Category Business Leadership

Blueprint for Trouble

Allow me to posit a principle: There are multiple parties with a stake in the success of any organization.  Businesses, for example, all have at least these five: customers, employees, owners, vendors, and the various communities to which they belong.  Now allow me to posit a principle: When an organization (a government, a business, a […]

Intellectual Caliber

Based on my experience and observational research, I have come to value the intellectual caliber of a person based on how they measure up on the product of three dimensions: Intellectual Caliber = Intellectual Strength x Intellectual Integrity x Intellectual Humility Descriptions of what is meant by each of these dimensions are provided below.  They […]

Capitalism & Regulations

I am a strong believer in the positive power of capitalism.  Free market capitalism has enabled leaps in the advancement of society’s quality of life and economic well-being that no managed market economy can come close to matching.  However, I am neither so naïve or ignorant not to also recognize the negative power of capitalism.  […]

The Week of 3 July 2016…

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost) Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the […]

American citizenship must be something more grand than just increasing the size of one’s piece of the pie

Great societies die, not from murder, but from suicide.  It happened to the Greeks, it happened to the Romans, and the United States is not so special that it can’t happen to us.  We came close during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was prophetic about this in his speech given at the Young Men’s Lyceum of […]

Choosing Between Good, but Competing, Values

The toughest choices any individual or any group has to make are the ones where two good, but competing values are at stake. Choosing between a good value and a bad value is simple. Respecting the property of others is good, theft and vandalism are bad. Even when it gets a bit more complicated, such as a situation where the greater good […]

A Rule of Thumb for Assessing Political Candidates

Here’s a simple rule of thumb that I use when I assess anyone in, or aspiring to, a leadership position–especially political candidates.  If the chief “product” that they are “selling”–if the backbone of their rhetoric–is something of which you should be afraid and who you should blame for it, then I cross them off your list–they are […]